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Andrew Little reopens talks with Ngāpuhi on treaty settlement
Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little has re-opened the conversation with Ngāpuhi, in a low-key visit to the north this week.

The minister has met with hapū on both sides of the mandate divide in the past week, to sound them out on any progress towards negotiations.

Mr Little has said it was clear Ngapuhi did not support the earlier proposal for an iwi-wide settlement....

Only two-thirds of Māori filled out the census
Statistics NZ is under fire after revealing it only collected individual census forms from two-thirds of Māori.

Only 83.3 percent of people filled out individual forms, which Statistics NZ called the "traditional NZ method". But only 68.2 percent of Māori did, down from 2013's response rate of 88.5. Even fewer Pacific Islanders did - 65.1 percent, down from 88.3.....

New Māori Warden funding aimed for the future
Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Māori Development Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta have announced $3.75 million in assistance for Māori Wardens to prepare for the future.

“The funding will be used to invest directly in to the development of a new Māori Wardens self-management capability, along with increased training, recruitment and promotion which is a huge step forward for the organisation,” says Nanaia Mahuta.

The roles, functions and powers of the Māori Wardens are provided for in the Māori Community Development Act 1962 which is administered by the Māori Development Minister.

The initial role of the Māori Wardens has broadened and there are now over 900 Māori Warden volunteers across the nation.....

Māori four times more likely to have children removed: study
The study, which Wilson co-authored, tracked 56,904 children born in 1998 until the end of 2015. It found 42 per cent of Māori children came to the attention of child protective services, compared to one in five Pākeha kids.

A Māori child had a one in 14 chance of being removed from their parents, while for Pākeha children it was one in 50.....

Waikato District Council gives 'in principal' support for Māngai Māori representation
Waikato District Council has given support for Māori representation on council committees, with mayor Allan Sanson saying the move has been "a long time coming".

At a meeting on July 17, the council unanimously voted for 'in principle' support for Māngai Māori (voice of Māori) representatives.

'In principle' support means the council are making a recommendation for the next council - due to local government elections in October, the council can't bind the future council's governance structure now.....

Iwi keen to own shares in Napier port
Hawkes Bay iwi and hapū are lining up to buy shares in the Port of Napier.

The Hawkes Bay Regional Council hopes to raise up to $234 million from selling 45 percent of the port company, and to use some of the money to build a new wharf.

Collectively the iwi wants 25 percent, but the council does not want any shareholder to have more than 10 percent.

Time right for reo drive
A south Auckland school principal says the time is right to make te reo Māori compulsory in schools.

He says people complain about the prospect of Māori becoming a compulsory part of the school curriculum, but they were silent when the digital technology curriculum was forced on all schools....

PM puts faith in free trade deals
Economically, New Zealand is entering a dramatic era of unprecedented change, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told the Federated Farmers conference.

Meanwhile, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor urged the primary sector to engage and connect with and better understand Maori. Maori agribusiness will be a big part of NZ’s future, he said.

NZ must better connect with Maori and their aspirations, so appreciating and adopting their values of kaitiakitanga (guardianship and wise utilisation, not preservation) and manaakitanga (sharing goods we have with others), O’Connor said....

Iwi climate change legal action absurd - Brash
Legal action by an iwi leader against the Government alleging "failure" to protect Maori from climate change is the height of absurdity, Hobson’s Pledge spokesman Don Brash said today.

"In 1840 when the Treaty was signed, nobody had even heard about climate change," Dr Brash said.

To suggest that a treaty made almost 180 years ago, guaranteeing the same political rights to all New Zealanders, also assumed that the Government has some kind of special obligation to Maori in relation to the climate is just silly, he said.....

Iwi leader to sue government for 'failing to protect Maori' from effects of climate change
The Treaty of Waitangi promised that the Government had a duty to actively protect Māori interests. One Iwi leader says that the impending catastrophe of climate change means they have failed to meet that standard.

Mike Smith, chair of the Climate Change Iwi Leaders Group announced on Tuesday that he was suing the Government because "the Crown is failing to protect all New Zealanders, but especially Māori, from catastrophic effects of climate change".

"Māori are particularly vulnerable to climate change, being disproportionately represented amongst the poor, who will be the hardest hit," he said....

Appeal against $200m Mt Messenger bypass resource consents gets under way
A Taranaki iwi holds the key to the future of the $200m Mt Messenger roading project, the Environment Court has heard.

Appeals against the resource consents required for the massive infrastructure project got under way on Monday in New Plymouth.

Without agreement from the iwi, the court heard the project might not go ahead......

Napier Port hopes to raise over $200 million on share market to ease congestion
The Hawke's Bay Regional Council is to list a 45 per cent stake of the country's fourth largest port after consultation with rate payers.

Hawke's Bay residents, local iwi and port workers will have first priority to the 90 million available shares.....

Kelvin Davis breaks from Labour, wants compulsory Te Reo in schools
Māori-Crown Relations Minister Kelvin Davis has gone rogue, breaking rank from Labour and the Prime Minister by saying he wants compulsory Te Reo taught in schools.

The Government's stance is to make te reo Māori universally available in schools but has steered clear of using the word "compulsory"....

Bilingual signs for Porirua
Porirua City is implementing bilingual signage to reflect our commitment to te reo Māori and the importance of our mana whenua.

A set of guidelines have been developed to shape how the new signs will be implemented. The guidelines are clear that all signs will be consistent, with te reo Māori text first.....

Māori wardens find role in marae courts
The increase in rangatahi courts and other marae-based judicial activities is creating new opportunities for Māori wardens.

"We've seen an increase of our Māori wardens use on marae courts. Whānau have these commitments, and making sure they turn up in these court cases, so a lot of our wardens are specialised now working alongside our Māori on rangatahi courts and also older area in the courts, those who have been given the opportunity to go to the marae and sort out problems that they're having," Mr Henry says......

Educators sign up for pilot scheme to encourage more te reo in classrooms
The use of te reo in New Zealand classrooms is about to get a lot more common.

Nearly 700 educators will learn or develop their use of te reo Māori through a $12million Government initiative launcher earlier this year, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis said on Monday.

The 17-week Te Ahu O Māori programme is part of the Government's plan to integrate te reo into early learning and schools by 2025, he said.

"I'd love to think all classrooms will have te reo Māori funnelled into lessons, entertainment and conversations.".....

Protest march to Parliament planned over state's uplift of Māori babies
A protest march to Parliament is planned on July 30 to speak out against the practice of babies being taken from mothers by the state.

The rally was agreed at a weekend hui which also called for a Māori-led inquiry into Oranga Tamariki and demanded that "not one more Māori baby be taken".....

Driver licenses leading jobs and second chance
A Provincial Growth Fund investment to help young ex-offenders get a driver's licence has exceeded expectations in Northland.

Since the Howard League for Penal Reform expanded its driver's licence programme into the region a year ago, 338 people have received licences, more then two thirds of them Māori.

In addition the Department of Corrections has placed 120 of the 338 people into employment.....

Google Translate can now recognise written te reo Māori and translate it
Google can now recognise written te reo Māori and translate it instantly into more than 100 different languages.

Before, the machine translation service could only translate between English and other languages.

Due to a "major update" to Google Translate which rolls out this week, smartphone users will be able to hold their camera in front of written te reo words and Word Lens will translate them.....

Waikato District Council to consider Māori representation on committees
About a quarter of Waikato District Council's population identifies as Māori, but it has just one Māori councillor.

Those numbers have been captured by the council, who say it's aiming to improve Māori participation in decision-making by introducing a Māori voice on council committees.

At a meeting on July 17, council will consider a proposal to introduce external specialist Māori representatives - also known as Māngai Māori​ (voice of Māori) - on council's principal committees: the Strategy and Finance, Infrastructure and Policy and Regulatory committees.

One representative would be present on each of the three committees and would have full voting and speaking rights, council communications manager Jacob Quinn said.....

Tekapo or Takapō? One of NZ's world famous lakes could be in for a name change
Takapō, meaning "to leave in haste at night", is the traditional Māori name given to the lake, and many feel it should be reinstated.

In recent years, Ngāi Tahu have been working within the community to build awareness of the correct Māori name, iwi spokesman James Harding said.....

Historic hui gives overwhelming agreement for Māori Inquiry
The inquiry into state run Oranga Tamariki will be led by whanau, kaimahi and Māori leaders.

Yesterday the largest gathering of Māori leadership since the Foreshore and Seabed debate voted unanimously to hold an Inquiry.

Distinguished academic and Whānau Ora architect, Professor Sir Mason Durie concluded that there was a “strong collective unanimity in all the approaches put forth.” The hui provided a Māori approach to understand the issues and more importantly identify solutions by, for and with Māori.....

Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon 'must address colonial racism'
The new Race Relations Commissioner needs to stop being a politician and start fighting the battle against racial abuse and discrimination, minority advocates say.

Ms O'Connell Rapira said she hoped Mr Foon would stand with Māori politically, and not just culturally.

"Meaning that he may feel comfortable on a marae, he may be able to speak reo Māori, which is really wonderful, but will he also advocate for Māori sovereignty to be realised.....

Iwi members mount legal challenge to reclaim Shelly Bay from developer
High Court papers have been filed in a bid to return Shelly Bay to its previous iwi owners, who claim it was sold without their permission.

A group of "disenfranchised" iwi members has launched the legal attack on the $500 million Wellington harbourside development, and say a caveat has been placed on any further sale of a parcel of land owned by Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust (PBNST).....

Absurd plants Treaty clause raises royalties question
The addition of an absurd Treaty of Waitangi clause in the Plant Varieties Act raises the question whether “Maoridom” will claim royalties on new plant varieties, Hobson’s Pledge spokesperson Casey Costello said today.

Every year more than 100 new varieties of plants are registered with the New Zealand Intellectual Property Office.

To suggest that a treaty made almost 180 years ago, guaranteeing the same political rights to all New Zealanders, also enables a property right to unnamed Maori people over a new plant breed is the height of absurdity,....

Kaingaroa settlement receives $2.4m for redevelopment
A small Māori village in a Bay of Plenty forest is getting $2.4 million in government funding to improve its dilapidated and rundown housing.

The close-knit Kaingaroa settlement - numbering about 435 people - was the sixth and final rōpū, or group, to join the Māori Housing Network Community Development programme run by Te Puni Kōkiri.

The money will go towards urgent housing repairs, upgrading a pool for treating wastewater, and financial planning workshops for whānau.

Cook arrival to Aotearoa event 'encourages awkward conversations', MP says
A $23 million event marking 250 years since Europeans arrived on Māori shores has been labelled "tone-deaf" by indigenous rights activists.

An online petition asking to stop replica Captain James Cook ship Endeavour coming to Aotearoa shores has more than 1800 signatures.

"They came here, they killed our people and claimed our land, and we're still reeling from that."

Māori Crown Relations Minister Kelvin Davis understood the differing reactions to the event ... "We know that the first encounters weren't a fairytale. People died."

Māori stories would have prominence, he said......

Mōtītī appeal could open door for Māori resource input
Sally Gepp, the lawyer for Forest and Bird which is supporting the Mōtītī Rōhe Moana Trust, says the case could determine whether Māori have a true say in the way their environment is managed.

"The approach we are advocating for gives Māori a greater voice because they are able to be involved in those regional planning processes and directly influence the outcomes and that may be because of a customary right or because of an interest like that or it may simly be because they have a relationship with an area and say these species are a taonga and we want to protect them," she says.....

Horowhenua Health Centre gifted new room names and Tukutuku panel
Custom-designed room signs and a Tukutuku panel are now adorning the corridor of the Maternity Unit at the Horowhenua Health Centre in Levin, thanks to a collaborative project between Unit staff and local iwi.

The six colourful panels each have a name gifted by the Muaūpoko iwi; Te Puna Wai, Te Kaanga, Te Raumati, Te Hatoke and Nga Purapura. The Unit itself was gifted the name Kahangahanga. As well as the new names, each panel contains artwork specially designed by Muaūpoko iwi members.

A large Tukutuku panel was also gifted to the Unit by Te Kokiri Development Consultancy Inc. The panel sits at the entrance to the Maternity Unit, and will be the first thing people see when they come in for care.....

Captain James Cook statue vandalised with the words 'thief Pakeha' in Gisborne
A Captain James Cook statue that has been vandalised with the words "This is our land" and "Thief Pakeha" in Gisborne has stirred controversy online.

"Tear it down and put up a statue of our ancestor Paikea and Porourangi," one person wrote.

Another agreed: "Good Job! Put something there significant to the Tangata Whenua.".....

One BillionTrees supporting a sustainable future for Mangatu
The One Billion Trees Fund will support a Māori Incorporation in the Gisborne District to move to a more productive and sustainable land-use model, Forestry Minister Shane Jones says.

The Fund will provide $450,000 to Mangatu Blocks Incorporation, which is the guardian of Te Aitanga a Mahaki ancestral lands and manages 48,100 hectares for its 5,500 shareholders. Over half of this land is in pastoral farming.

“Working with Māori to protect and enhance their whenua is an important part of the One Billion Trees Programme and I am encouraging more Māori to come forward to partner with the Government through this initiative,” Shane Jones said.....

Crown process too long, costly for customary title of coastlines - claimants
Applicants wanting customary title of their coastlines say the longer the Crown takes the more people will die and not see justice.

In 2017, the Crown received 385 applications seeking engagement and 202 opting to be heard in the High Court under the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act.

However, some applicants are frustrated with the process, the cost and what some call the constant moving of posts to get their claims completed.

Ms Sykes said one solution was for the Crown to fund facilitation so cross claimants could sort their interests out before going to court....

Local Government NZ embraces Māori view of local
The chair of Local Government New Zealand's Te Maruata Māori sub-committee says the association's new localism drive fits well with a kaupapa Māori approach.

Bonita Bingham says localism is what whānau, hapū and iwi have done forever.

"We don't tell our cousins at the next marae or we don't tell out neighbouring hapū how to manage their affairs so localism for us is the grassroots up model and interestingly that concept has been picked up by LGNZ as a reflection of how this was done for hundreds of years and how this is still done within Māori communities," she says.....

Don't ask, just tell Māori history
A leading teacher educator says teachers don't have to ask permission to teach local history and mātauranga Māori in their classrooms.

There is opportunity to do a whole lot more teaching - local history, local waiata, local pūrakau about whānau in the area that would really lift our kids' spirits and opportunities to see themselves in their own education," Dr Irwin says.

Teachers don't need to be put off by the Education Ministry's refusal to make Māori history a core part of the curriculum as many Māori have requested.....

Plant Variety Rights Act
How do we propose to make the PVR regime Treaty compliant?

Our recommended package of proposals to achieve Treaty compliance in the PVR Act involves:

* New disclosure requirements: introduce new information disclosure requirements for breeders, requiring them to provide information about the origin of the plant material used to develop their varieties and if applicable, who kaitiaki are, any engagement the breeder has had with kaitiaki, and the breeder’s assessment of whether kaitiaki interests would be affcted by the commercialisation of the new variety;

* New Māori advisory committe: establish a PVR Māori advisory committe, to:
– develop guidelines for breeders and kaitiaki on engagement;
– provide advice to breeders and kaitiaki at the pre-application stage;
– provide advice to the Commissioner of Plant Variety Rights and the Chair of the Māori advisory committe as to whether kaitiaki interests would be adversely affcted by the grant of a PVR and, if so, whether the impact can be mitigated to a reasonable extent such as to allow the grant.

* New decision-making process: empower the Commissioner of Plant Variety Rights, jointly with the Chair of the Māori advisory committe, to decide whether, on the basis of the Māori advisory committe’s advice, the PVR should be granted....

Oranga Tamariki answers lie with Maori
The founder of Whānau Ora wants this weekend's hui on Oranga Tamariki to look not just at oversight of the existing agency but at creating an alternative where Māori do things for themselves.

"Until we have restored to us our right to be autonomous in our own country ....

Dame Tariana says Māori have ‘lost faith in ourselves as a people’, sees future for new movement
Former Māori Party co-leader Dame Tariana Turia is disheartened by the state of Māori politics, but sees a future for a Māori movement "to give us back our rights and responsibilities to look after ourselves".

"Of course I want autonomy... because it's a right, it's not a privilege. The Treaty of Waitangi never, ever told us that our autonomy would be removed from us. I have a great belief that our people would never treat others as they have treated us."....

PHARMAC and Ngā Pou Mana (NPM) are calling for scholarship award nominations
PHARMAC and Ngā Pou Mana (NPM) are calling for scholarship award nominations for Māori kaimahi, students and community members who have had a positive impact on whānau, hapū and iwi.

Dr Teah Carlson, Chairperson of NPM, says “the awards are to support Māori allied health workforce development, so that people can continue study, to grow professional and cultural practice. The awards will provide much needed tautoko and manaaki for Māori kaimahi to continue their ongoing development.”

Dr Teah Carlson says “we recognise that the health workforce is changing with new professional roles such as Whānau Ora, the revitalisation of rongoā Māori practices, and Iwi and kaupapa Māori services.

“We support kaupapa Māori ‘ways of being’ and believe they can transform the health system......

Pay pressures put off potential principals
The president of the Principals' Federation says current efforts to train teachers for Māori immersion and Māori in mainstream classes is falling well short of what is needed.

"We're only producing 45 competent fluent te reo Māori teachers every year to teach in our kura kaupapa and level one Māori classes ...

Waipara mataitai reserve application, Hurunui, Canterbury
Pursuant to Regulation 17 of the Fisheries (South Island Customary Fishing) Regulations 1999, Te Ngāi Tū Ahuriri Rūnanga Inc. have applied for a mātaitai reserve along the coastline at the Waipara River mouth, Hurunui, Canterbury.
Proposed Waipara mātaitai reserve

A mātaitai reserve is an identified traditional fishing ground and is established for the purpose of customary food gathering.....

(Submissions closed 24/6/19)

Justice delayed on reo beatings claim
The Waitangi Tribunal has turned down a request by former Labour cabinet minister Dover Samuels for an early report on his claim over children being punished for speaking te reo Māori at school.

The claim is part of the Te Paparahi o Te Raki inquiry into Northland claims.

He wants a full Crown apology read by the Governor General at Parliament to surviving victims and for this apology to be incorporated in the preamble of the Education Act 1989......

Specialist Maaori representation planned for WDC committees
Waikato District Council is planning to introduce external specialist Maaori representatives to its principle Council Committees after the October 2019 local government elections.

Chief Executive Gavin Ion said that Council and Iwi were keen to improve the opportunity for Maaori to contribute to Council’s decision-making.

The proposed Maaori representatives would have voting and speaking rights at Committee meetings (i.e. a decision-making role).

Sort out water rights says OECD
Sorting out iwi (tribal)/Māori rights to water in order to expand water pricing or permit trading to improve water quality and allocation should be a key environmental priority for the Government says the OECD report on the NZ economy.....

Māori education hui kicks off in Ahuriri (Napier)
The hui draws around 200 NZEI Te Riu Roa members from across the education sector.

Throughout the hui, which runs until Tuesday, members will enjoy a range of sessions that will build knowledge and grow confidence.

The hui will honour local whānau for their contributions to Māori education, and will include a Mātaruanga Māori Symposium with keynotes from Mana Liz Hunkin; Mereana Pitman, Ngahiwi Tomoana; and Petera Hakiwai....

Northland Māori make push for greater representation in local government
Northland Māori are making a push for greater representation in local government renewing calls for local Māori seats.

Despite having one of the highest Māori population in the country, Northland iwi leaders say the lack of representation in the council means Māori aren’t being heard.

Some say government intervention is necessary and that may include compulsory Māori seats.....

Māori loanwords enrich Twitter
"More loanwords are being used, which could indicate acceptance of loanwords and Māori [language] in general in New Zealand society," said lead author David Trye.

A loanword is interesting because the user has chosen to use it instead of the English equivalents. "There is a reason they are using them – an individual's word choice is reflective of their identity and ideology," Trye said in an interview.....

Māori realising land aspirations through One Billion Trees
Forestry Minister Shane Jones says the Government’s One Billion Trees programme is providing important Māori to realise the potential of their land in the Bay of Plenty.

“Crown Forestry will invest $5 million into two joint ventures that will see 330 hectares of land converted to productive forests,” Shane Jones said.

“One of the core goals of the One Billion Trees Programme is supporting Māori to realise their land aspirations. This goes right to the heart of that.

“It brings Crown Forestry’s investment in the Bay of Plenty to $6.3 million and takes the total number of joint ventures in New Zealand to 25, totalling over 15, 000 hectares,” Shane Jones said.....

Mayor says iwi need more power
The head of Local Government New Zealand is blaming the country's colonial history for an over-centralisation of power.

Localism is about giving decision making power back to individuals, communities, iwi, neighbourhoods, districts and regions.....

Significant landmark for one of country’s biggest national parks
A large pou whenua has been unveiled in Kahurangi National Park at a blessing ceremony today.

Pou whenua, or land posts, are used to mark territorial boundaries and areas of significance to tangata whenua.

The review follows the addition of 64,400 hectares of land to Kahurangi from the Mokihinui River catchment area in March 2019.

“The review is a necessary step in addressing our cultural rights and interests and acknowledges the addition of land to Kahurangi National Park. The pou itself represents recognition that partnership is the way forward in terms of our relationship with The Crown and the ongoing work we’re doing together.”.....

Plans for boardwalk through ancient pōhutukawa trees on Auckland's North Shore polarising community, iwi
Plans for a boardwalk through ancient pōhutukawa trees on Auckland's North Shore are polarising the community and iwi.

Auckland Council is considering two options for a boardwalk at the northern end of Takapuna beach, with one option for it to go through the sacred pōhutukawa grove and the other stopping access and removing existing infrastructure.

The council has consulted with seven iwi, who want to block off the grove to the public.

Iwi want the boardwalk completely removed, rubbish bins taken out, and for seeds to be collected to safeguard against myrtle rust.....

Kauri tree planting celebrates completion of bridges
Mr Mutton acknowledged the contribution of local iwi, Te Uri o Hau, throughout the project.

“They prepared the Cultural Impacts Assessment and have been involved in the development of our archaeological management plan, landscape design and ongoing monitoring of key construction activities. They’ve also worked with the project team during the development of the Wahi Taonga Area (area developed along the walking and cycling shared path for the Pou and midden relocation).”

Te Uri o Hau also named the two new two lane bridges that replaced the old one lane bridges.

Piringatahi – which means “bringing together as one” – opened to traffic in April 2019. The bridge is 191 metres long and stands 15 metres above the Matakohe River. It replaces the old one-lane Hardies Bridge.

The second bridge, Te Ao Marama Hou, which effectively translates to “moving from the past into the future” spans Parerau Stream and replaces Anderson Bridge. It is 54.8m in length and opened to traffic in February.....

Victoria University of Wellington changing its name all but officially
Victoria University of Wellington has confirmed it is in the midst of a "rebrand" which would include a change to the Māori name, the logo, signage, sub-brands and the URL of the University's website.

Minister of Education Chris Hipkins said the university's approach to branding was "largely its own business".

"I have made clear previously my support for a change to the university's Māori name, and broader efforts to enhance its international reputation

The leaked information indicated a new logo, including the new Māori name – Te Herenga Waka, would be in place by the start of next year.

"Where appropriate, the first mention would use the university's full name – Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington.....

Ninety Mile Beach could see car donut ban imposed for safety and to protect environment
A management plan being written for Northland's Te Oneroa-Ā-Tōhe/Ninety Mile Beach would look to ban cars "doing donuts" and other anti-social driving on the beach.

Te Oneroa-Ā-Tōhe Board chair Haami Piripi, from Te Rarawa iwi, said the plan was about bringing order to the beach.

The iwi has the same powers as local government so any agreed ban could be policed in the same way bylaws are.....

Govt funding for Treaty inquiry welcome by wāhine Māori
A lawyer representing claimants in the Waitangi Tribunal Mana Wāhine inquiry says government funding to progress it shows a willingness to find a solution to address the compounding disparity experienced by wāhine at the hands of the Crown.

Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter has announced $6.2 million to hire a specialist team to work alongside Te Puni Kōkiri and coordinate a government response and participation in the inquiry.

Statistics confirm that wāhine Māori continue to have poorer social, economic, educational, employment, and health outcomes, compared to Pākehā women.....

A Familiar Face In Kiwi Neighbourhoods Gets A Big Makeover
Neighbourhood Support New Zealand is bringing a fresh look to a street near you with the launch of a new logo.

The updated logo also features a koru pattern which reflects the important place of taha Maori in Aotearoa New Zealand.....

Rāhui placed on Lake Taupō after sewage spill
A rāhui is being placed on parts of Lake Taupō and the upper Waikato River following the massive sewage spill earlier this week.

The Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board is imposing the rāhui from 9am, to stay in place until it's deemed appropriate to lift it.

The rāhui also restricts public access to the immediate location of the incident....

Whānau ora better positioned for at risk children
A south Taranaki iwi leader says Oranga Tamariki needs to get out of the way and hand the care and protection of tamariki Māori to whānau ora.

"Our whānau ora navigators, our whānau ora framework, is better positioned to be inside with our whānau who need more tautoko, not judging, tautoko. In order to do that we need to resource them, we need to acknowledge that they are better positioned than often the social workers that come out of the crown. So there are some obvious, easy things that could happen and the only thing in the way is the crown, that they still have this patriarchal attitude where they believe they know best for us as Māori,".....

Iwi manaaki needed for successful Matatini
The organisation is working with Auckland Council, which has delegated senior Māori executive Amokura Panoho to oversee its side of the operation.

Mr Ross says it's also counting on tribal support, such as gifts of kai to the Wellington event this year.

"We had our iwi from Wharekauri, the Chatham Islands, come together and provide half a tonne of crayfish, 1000 paua, 200kg of kina, to be able to support out kaumātua and kuia....

Hauora claim reveals treaty principles
A long time advocate for better Māori health services is describing the Waitangi Tribunal's Hauora Report as brave and out there.

He says even more critically for the next stages of this claim and others, the report identifies three new treaty principles.

"Tino Rangatiratanga as a formal Treaty of Waitangi principle; the principle of equity - we have read that in Article 3 in the past but he wanted to get out there and state it; and the principle of options. Māori have a right to partake in mainstream services and get good service, culturally competent service from mainstream services as well as the right to expect they can if they wish to go to kaupapa Māori services that are appropriately set up and funded," Dr Tipene-Leach says.....

Percentage of Māori in court rises as numbers drop
A lawyer and justice reform advocate says an initiative to keep young people out of the criminal justice system hasn't worked for Māori as well as it should.

.....changes in the way police deal with young offenders has led to a reduction in the number of young people who are prosecuted and convicted, including Māori.

But the proportion of those who are prosecuted being Māori has increased from 40 percent to 60 percent since 2016.

But they are taking steps on an existing structure that wasn't created by Māori, doesn't work for Māori and hurts Māori a lot." Ms Whaipooti says.

That's why there is a continuing call from Māori to be able to create their own system to do things their own way, and they want to resources to do that.....

'It's a cemetery not a playground': Mother is slammed for being 'disrespectful' after she was spotted eating lunch at a graveyard
The New Zealand woman was walking home with her toddler when she decided to grab a bite to eat, but after realising there were no parks nearby she opted to eat in a cemetery.

But when leaving the graveyard, the woman was approached by one of its workers who scalded her for being 'disrespectful'.

'It's a bit disrespectful, don't you think? It's a f**king cemetery not a playground,' he snapped back.

'Does he have a point? It wasn't a Māori graveyard or anything,' she asked.....

Racist concept of family driving uplifts
A group representing Māori psychologists has written an open letter calling for Children's Minister Tracey Martin to embed whānau ora principles into the way Oranga Tamariki works.

"When you've got nearly 70 percent of the children in this country being removed being Māori, it says to us we have a racist system and we have a system and a society that is imposing racist paradigms over the way whānau is conceptualised in Aotearoa," Dr Cribb-Su'a says.....

Boost for marae at the centre of communities
Marae around the country will benefit from boosted initiatives to upgrade their buildings, bolster their emergency kits and expand their work to preserve Māori culture, Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta said.

The Government has invested an extra $12 million over four years to expand the Oranga Marae programme, as it supports whānau-led development of marae.

The investment will:

* Expand the existing Oranga Marae programme for marae development

* Provide additional support for marae to be prepared for disaster and other emergency responses

* Provide support for marae environmental responses such as zero waste goals

“Marae are centres of Māori identity, language, traditional knowledge and whānau wellbeing,” Nanaia Mahuta said......

Kōrero about the future of Māori education
Some of the main points made at these wānanga included:

* Māori want tino rangatiratanga – agency and authority – over the education of Māori learners. This means there needs to be a genuine partnership approach across the education system, with leaders who believe in Māori and understand te ao Māori.

* Racism and bias continue to impact Māori learner confidence, achievement, and outcomes.

* A sense of belonging is crucial for Māori to succeed as Māori. Teaching and learning need to better reflect and foster Māori identity, culture and values in all their diversity.

* We need to engage Māori learners in the context of their whānau.

* We need to work towards a bilingual New Zealand. This requires the revitalisation and normalisation of te reo Māori.

* Education to support the holistic wellbeing of ākonga and their whānau with physically, culturally, emotionally, and spiritually safe environments

* Māori thrive in Māori Medium Education settings. Access to Māori medium pathways across sectors needs to be improved

* A workforce that is representative of and responsive to Māori. Māori staff need better support and recognition. More Māori teachers and professionals are needed, particularly in te reo Māori, learning support and social services.....

Sea Change: Government steps up process to save 'desperate' state of Hauraki Gulf as snapper, crayfish stocks in peril
Today the Government unveiled its Ministerial Advisory Committee to work over the next 12 months to help shape its response to the various proposals.

The nine-person committee included members with expertise in commercial and Māori fishing - including four mana whenua, fisheries management, environment, law and marine science.

It would be co-chaired under a co-governance model by Catherine Harland and Paul Majurey.

The Ministerial Advisory Committee includes Catherine Harland (Co-Chair), Paul Majurey (Mana Whenua Co-Chair), Volker Kuntzsch, Dr Jeremy Helson, Raewyn Peart, Dr John Montgomery, Tame Te Rangi, Dr Valmaine Toki and Liane Ngamane.....

Hauora report captures mood for change
The head of a Māori health workforce development organisation believes the Waitangi Tribunal's stage one report into the Māori healthcare claim will find fertile ground.

The tribunal found extensive breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi in the way the health reforms of the past 20 years had failed to shift the dial on Māori health inequity.

"In fact it's not just health, it's also across the other major systems that many of our whānau are having trouble in, in education, justice, and we're asking for similar things - independence and autonomy and the ability to self-determine, to make the decisions and also to fund what we know is constitutionally right for Māori to have a better life, better wellbeing in its broadest sense. We're at a time when the government can't shut it down and I don't know if they would,".....

Māori Development Ministry, Te Puni Kōkiri, accused of failing Māori and breaching Treaty
The tribunal found Te Puni Kōkiri failed to use its statutory duty to monitor the health sector on behalf of Māori and breached two Treaty principles of active protection and the duty of good governance.

"We put our faith and trust in the organisation to protect our interests and to value Māori lives especially in health. If it's failed, then it's not good enough."

Wall said the tribunal's findings put the Crown on notice that it could no longer just talk about improving the social position of Māori, it had to take real action.....

Open letter: Oranga Tamariki social workers in 'terrible, almost untenable position
We don't remove children because we are targeting Māori or the poor; we remove children because they are being seriously harmed or in serious danger of being harmed.

Kids can't be taken into care on the whim of a social worker. There are assessments, investigations, case consults, whanau consultation, and, if the child is still not safe, a detailed sworn affidavit, a court-ordered custody order and the managed removal of a child.

Oranga Tamariki social workers are social workers for children and young people, not for their parents. We are required by law to put the child's wellbeing first.

Every "uplift" is followed by a court plan. In most cases, parents are given clear goals, and the time and the resources to make the necessary changes, if that's what they want. I'm afraid that the reality is some parents are not willing or able to take the steps needed to offer a safe home for their child.....

Call for calm after allegations of 'Hapu Hoodlums' in Ōpōtiki
Iwi leaders have called for calm in the wake of allegations of standover tactics in Ōpōtiki to take money from beekeepers and gravel contractors.

Chair of Ngai Tamahaua Hapu Peter Selwyn said they were "concerned and dismayed" by allegations of sabotage of contractors' equipment.

"We alerted authorities earlier this year to a problem, but we took preventive legal action to suppress that possibility on the Otara," Selwyn said.

"It's been going on for some years and a person of interest has been doing it for even longer."....

Crown Admits Institutional Racism Exists in Health System
Crown witnesses acknowledged under cross-examination that institutional racism exists and is unaceptable in the Health system. “This, along with personal racism and stereotying, is a signifiacnt barrier to giving effect the the meaning of the Treaty and its principles” the report reads.

The Tribunal has also recommended that the Crown conduct an urgent and thorough review of funding for primary health care, to better align it with the aim of achieveing equitable health outcomes for Maori.....

Talks underway to secure future funding for iwi community panels
Talks are underway to secure funding for an initiative which aims to cut Māori offending rates.

Te Pae Oranga, or iwi community panels, have been running at selected sites across New Zealand since December 2017 but the funding for it ceases at the end of the month.

In a written statement, a police media spokesperson confirmed the agency was allocated money over two years, as part of the 2017 Budget, to test the effectiveness of the panels.

There are currently 15 panels in operation nationwide, including in Christchurch, South Auckland, Wairarapa, Northland, Rotorua, Gisborne and Lower Hutt.

Talks were also underway to get long-term funding for the panels currently in operation and also money which would allow for the expansion of the programme as part of the Budget 2020 process.

Big changes for Oranga Tamariki come into effect
Oranga Tamariki is set to see the biggest shake-up since its inception in 2017, as The Children, Young Persons, and Their Families Legislation Act comes into full force today.

Under the law, the ministry must provide a practical commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi and offer support to young adults leaving state care until their 25th birthday.

One of the most significant changes coming into force today is that Oranga Tamariki must provide a practical commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi.

It's the first time in New Zealand's history that the Treaty has been mentioned in legislation relating to children......

New Te Māngai Paho funding aimed at rangatahi - Mahuta
The Minister for Māori Development, the Hon Nanaia Mahuta this evening announced funding that will allow Te Māngai Pāho to commission new and innovative digital media content.

This new media material will be for te reo Māori broadcasts and on line platforms in a partnership with the wider Māori media sector. The new funding will help to broaden te reo Māori content for learners at all levels.

"The $14 million that we will invest in Te Māngai Pāho will support our implementation of the Maihi Karauna and our goal of achieving a million people speaking basic te reo by 2040.....

Call for street names honouring colonial officers who led attacks on Māori to be changed - 'We’re surrounded by terrorists'
Parts of New Zealand are seeing pushes to remove the names of historical colonial leaders from towns and street names.

Street names around the country commemorate colonial officers, settlers on Māori land and volunteer militia.

In Southern Taranaki, Potanga Neilson of Ngai te Rangi says he is reminded daily of the assault on his iwi.

"As far as I’m concerned, we’re surrounded by terrorists, their names are memorialised on all of our towns and streets."...

Māori high flyers added to Teaching Council
High flying Taranaki school principal Nicola Ngarewa has been appointed to chair the new board of the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand.

The council, which has a mix of elected and appointed members, replaced the ministerially-appointed Teaching Council.

Education Minister Chris Hipkins says the elected and appointed members together have a wealth of education experience, including in Māori medium education......

Changes to the State Sector Act 1988
Te Ao Tūmatanui - Strengthening the Māori /Crown relationship

The changes will support:

* engagement, participation of and partnership with Māori

* delivering services that are responsive, accessible and work for Māori and whānau

* improving workforce composition and capability

* collective responsibility for a culturally competent Public Service that delivers with and for Māori

* Māori are supported in leadership and decision-making roles

* recognising the responsibility of the Public Service – including Crown Agents – to enable/support the Crown to fulfil its responsibilities under the Treaty.....

Waitangi Tribunal says Crown has breached Treaty of Waitangi by failing to close gap between Māori and non-Māori health
The Crown has been told to set up a stand-alone Maori health agency and consider compensation for failing to improve Maori health over the last 20 years.

The Waitangi Tribunal said in a report released today that the Crown had breached the Treaty of Waitangi by failing to set up and run the primary health system in a way that reduced the gap between Maori and non-Maori health outcomes.

The tribunal - which investigates any Government actions or laws which could break Treaty promises - made two key recommendations. It said the Crown should consider the establishment of a Māori primary health authority which would control and monitor Māori health-related spending and policy, and also consider compensation for underfunding of Māori health providers over the last 20 years.....

Māori Dames and Sirs take aim at Oranga Tamariki
Highly respected Māori leaders have joined social provider Whānau Ora to announce an investigation into Oranga Tamariki.

From Monday, new legislation forces the Ministry to partner up with iwi and Māori organisations while committing to the Treaty of Waitangi and devolving resources.
So far Oranga Tamariki has managed to partner up with three iwi, including Ngāpuhi, Waikato and Ngāi Tahu. When asked if progress was fast enough, Minister for Oranga Tamariki Tracey Martin said they could always do better.

Whānau Ora’s Chair Merepeka Raukawa-Tait has said Oranga Tamariki operates with a lack of tikanga knowledge. She added they operate in a way seen to be targeting young Māori mothers in particular.....

Gap between Māori and non-Māori youth arrests continues to grow
New figures show the gap between rangatahi Māori and non-Māori being arrested continues to widen.

The statistics show the total number of youth arrests has fallen, however Māori under 18 year olds now make up a larger proportion of those taken into police custody.

In 2018, of the more than 11,000 young people arrested, more than 66 percent were Māori.

In 2011 it was just under 40 percent.

Justice advisor Julia Whaipooti said it meant the system changes were not working for Māori......

Mahitahi takes fresh look at health in Te Taitokerau
A new primary healthcare organisation is set to change the way healthcare is delivered in the north.

It launched on Friday at the Treaty Grounds at Waitangi signalled its intention to give practical effect to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

That includes partnerships within the health system and outside.

Mahitahi Hauora will start with about 80 direct employees and allocate $62 million a year to 42 practices.....

Māori culture thrives at CHS
A group of students were working to promote Māori culture at Cambridge High School last week. Te Wiki o tea o Māori was a week-long celebration of te reo and Māori culture organised by the Year 12 and 13 student committee Te Hunga Tai Kākā, which ran activities and events each day at lunch time.

“This event ties in with Matariki, but throughout the year we’re working to promote Māori culture within the school, with both junior and senior students, we’re getting everyone involved,” student organiser Sirtori Eade explained.......